Difficult to believe that Martin Dubravka has only played 11 games for Newcastle United.
It seems a long time ago since Rafa Benitez was flipping between Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot, with clearly neither of them good enough to be a Premier League number one.
With only 11 goals conceded in his 11 games, compared to the 36 conceded in the other 26 matches, there has been a clear improvement.
However, what our eyes tell us as well, is that his commanding presence in the box has also given confidence to those in front of them, and improved their games also.
Martin Dubravka was thrown in for his debut against Man Utd and in his opening seven games, Newcastle won five and got one draw, taking them to early Premier League safety.
Recent days and weeks have seen the speculation predictably increase surround Kenedy’s future, whether Newcastle will be able to land him on another loan or permanent deal.
I have at the same time being surprised by the complacency of Newcastle fans when it comes to the keeper.
Fans seem to see it as a done deal, with many of them seemingly unaware, or ignoring the fact, that a deal still has to be done.
Yes, a price of £4m is already agreed but Newcastle still have to convince Martin Dubravka to sign.
I’m not saying he has given any indication he won’t do so but until he actually does, I won’t take it as read.
When asked after the Tottenham match if he was definitely signing a permanent deal, the keeper replied ‘We will see what’s going to happen after the last game.’
I think one question that hasn’t really been asked is why Newcastle didn’t instantly buy him in January, with the price only £4m.
Was Rafa blocked in doing so, or was it his decision to only take him on loan.
You can say that maybe Rafa did indeed want to have a good luck before he did buy but if that is the case, why did he then throw him straight in for such a vital game as the Man Utd one?
Martin Dubravka owes us nothing, yes he was given this opportunity by Newcastle but has more than repaid the club and fans already.
He turns 30 in January and has only ever played in the Slovakian, Danish and Czech Republic leagues, what if another ambitious club came in and offered him the possibility of trophies and/or European football?
Bottom line, Newcastle have to convince Dubravka of their ambition and to do that, convincing Rafa Benitez to sign on long-term himself must be the first step.
Martin Dubravka asked if will sign permanently for Newcastle after season ends:
“We will see what’s going to happen after the last game.
“The fans are giving us so much energy and at Wembley you could hear them, I’m so happy they are supporting us in each stadium – they travel a lot.
“I really hope that we will put the same attitude in [against Chelsea], it was much better [at Wembley] than against Watford.
“We created two or three good opportunities where we could have scored but unfortunately, if you don’t score against these big teams, they can punish you.
“We had a system we would like to play and we did well in the first half.
“We needed to open the game a little bit in the second half [after Kane scored in the 50th minute] if we wanted to score a goal.
“There were a few good moments where we could [have done] but unfortunately we didn’t.
“A fourth defeat in a row and I really hope we win against Chelsea at home.
“The atmosphere was great [on Wednesday], two good teams. It was a great experience.
“Unfortunately, we lost, but you can expect that you can be busy at Wembley against Tottenham, that’s why I’m in the goal, to try to help the players.
“They are trying to help me and we are a team, we had two or three good opportunities where we could score.”